Whey protein - an easily absorbed protein that comes from cows’ milk during cheese production - it helps encourage protein synthesis and decreases muscle recovery time. You can take it first thing in the morning, before and after workouts, or right before bed. While throughout the day and in the evening you might look forward to a protein shake, you might not fancy it first thing in the morning.
What do most people fancy first thing in the morning? Coffee!
While there’s no shortage of bodybuilders and fitness fanatics that would like to mix their whey protein and coffee for an all-in-one morning pick-me-up, not everyone is certain if it’s actually do-able. (Hint: It is!)
Potential Problems with Mixing Whey Protein and Coffee
The main concern when mixing whey protein powder and coffee is related to temperature.
The rumor mill starting churning when researchers at Cornell University found that proteins (and their own unique chain of amino acids) become unfolded or ‘denatured’ from their natural chain or shape when introduced to very high temperatures. If a protein is denatured, the absorbability and solubility of amino acids is decreased slightly.
The keyword here really is slightly. While the research from Cornell University is accurate, the effects of the denaturing process won’t decrease the health benefits of protein. Your body will still absorb it and use it. Your muscles won’t know the difference.
So, Can You?
Yes! Mix whey protein powder like our ULTRA WHEY PROTEIN (try the glazed donut flavour!) with your coffee, sprinkle it on top of your cereal and incorporate it into your next cookie or banana bread recipe. Whether you're enjoying your whey protein hot or cold, your body will benefit just the same.
Benefits of Adding Whey Protein to Your Coffee
If you’re training or trying to lose weight, you’re likely to have cut things like flavoured coffee creamers out of your diet. Consider whey protein like WHEY PLUS HARDCORE a great tasting, high-protein, flavored and sweetened substitute. It has less sugar and lactose than standard coffee creamers and arguably tastes better.
(If you use whey protein isolate, you’re morning beverage will be lactose-free!)
There are several different flavours of whey protein powder to suit your taste. Check out our WHEY PROTEIN RIPPEDCORE which comes in vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. Who needs an overpriced mocha when you could make your own and get an energy and metabolic boost?
Start Your Morning Right
While it’s certainly possible to get a solid serving of protein in at breakfast, it’s not always convenient and can be time-consuming. When you’re in a rush, you’re more likely to grab a piece of toast than you are to boil eggs or make a spinach omelette. Of course, toast isn’t exactly a healthy way to start your morning.
By adding whey protein powder to your coffee, you’re able to get upwards of 20 grams of protein in the time it takes to boil water. For those working on building muscle, starting your morning with protein will put an end to your body’s overnight fast, restocking glycogen stores, and subsequently stopping muscle breakdown. But mixing protein powder with coffee isn’t just for athletes. Protein - especially in the morning - can also help support fat loss, increase energy levels and help with concentration.
Tips and Tricks
Now that you know that you can mix whey protein and coffee, we’re here to tell you exactly how to do it in three steps:
- Let your coffee cool down first. This has nothing to do with denaturing the protein and everything to do with texture. If you mix the protein and coffee too soon, the protein powder will become slightly curdled and will be lumpy. Add a bit of cold water or milk to your coffee to speed up the process or just sit tight and wait.
- Mix in a little bit at a time. Especially if you’re using a full scoop of protein powder, dump it in one half at a time. This will allow it to dissolve more quickly.
- Get rid of lingering clumps by mixing for up to one minute. If any lingering clumps remain, push them up against the side of your cup or mug.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with cold and even frozen coffee drinks.
Make a pot or individual serving of coffee an hour (or more) in advance. Feel free to pop your coffee in the refrigerator to speed this process up. Dump your coffee, whey protein and ice into a blender and pulse until the ice is blended to your liking. Voilà! You have a morning or pre-workout treat that’s caffeinated and packed with protein. Experiment with different flavours of protein powder to create a one-of-a-kind drink that’ll help you perform harder for longer at the gym.
And, if that's all too much, just buy our ready made stuff here.